Bucolic “Sakonnet Summer” Celebration for Aquidneck Land Trust

On the beautiful grounds of the Pennfield School, near the Paddock, supporters and admirers of Aquidneck Land Trust and its conservation works gathered for a lively and lovely evening celebration.

When cornhole is being played outside the dinner tent , and horses are somewhere nearby, you know it’s a fine and rustic place. And when an award-winning student from the school plays classic violin solos at dinner, it is a rarefied  event.

A raffle of dinner for four at La Vasco sold many tickets, and the live and silent auctions (de rigeur in Newport) elicited spirited bidding.

Congressman David Cicilline attended, and was lost in the crowd. Executive  Director of ALT Chuck Allott was greeting guests., as was the Directort of Pennfield School, Rob Kelly.

Leith Adams, Robe Kelly & Mrs. Kelly

Since 1990, ALT has permanently conserved over 2,418 important open space acres. Of Aquidneck Island’s near 25,000 acres, only a little over 2,000 strategic open space acres are left to conserve before time runs out. The Aquidneck Land Trust has completed more than 65 conservation projects on Aquidneck Island, permanently protecting over 2,418 acres of irreplaceable open space.

Sondra & Roger King

As guests moved to the tent and more delicious appetizers, Mr. Allott introduced Pennfield student Thomas Vrankar,  who serenaded guests with two classical pieces, showing his virtuosity.  The menu reflected ALT’s mission, with “From the Land” and “From the Sea’ dinner, to “Make your own Fresh Berry Shortcake" for dessert  before the band began for dancing.
It was a Sakonnet Summer, indeed!

                                                                —Linda Phillips

For information on ongoing work of the Aquidneck Land Trust, go to www.ailt.org

Happy van Beuren & Steve Seiter


Peter Dickison, Tiffany Peay & Rebecca Rex


The Raw bar was scrumptious


Tom Hockaday, Wendy Harvey & Bill Martin


Jerry Bitting & Jonathan Pardee conversing


Lilly Dick, and newly elected State Senator Dawn Euer


Bill Wilson with Sarah & Bernard Gewirz


Mary Joan Seiter & former Mayor David Gordon


Caroline Considine with Patricia Peterson


Bill Martin, Pamela Chapman & Tom Hockaday


Diane & Joseph Odoerfer, Debbey & Steven Pires


Trumpeter Doug Woolverton


John & Suzanna Laramee


Representative Lauren Carson & Jane Timken



Kathleen Holus & Ben Hohl played cornhole


Sandra & Granville Craig,  Linda Sawyer, John Harris  & Kristin McMannis


Chan Lyell & Linda McGoldrick


Bettie Bearden Pardee, Lilly Dick & Chuck Allott


Jan Eckhart, Frank & Kate Spinella, Kelly Coen



The silent auction table


A winning bid?


Mike Zani. Nancy Wilson, Conley  Zanis & Bill Wilson, of Greenvale Vineyard


The crowded tent, pre-dinner


Celebrating a recent conservation victory


The crowded dinner tent


Chuck Allott speaks about ALT's work and successes


Violinst & Pennfield student Thomas Vrankar performs


Outside, looking in


The live auction delineated


JoAnn Morency & Lisa Buck with Torre Peterson (c)



The glorious evening setting at Pennfield's Paddock

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